Amythyst Kiah, Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves, and Joy Blair
Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for an evening of music and discussion by four of ourregion’s finest young musicians: Amythyst Kiah, the duo of Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves, and Joy Blair.Inspired by the rich traditions of the Appalachias, these artists areboldly charting their own paths in the present music and social landscapes.
About Amythyst Kiah
A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant, restless past.
Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (known as Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).
Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
AboutTyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves are an old-time country music duo, performing songs old and new with close harmony singing and accompaniment on clawhammer banjo, guitar, fiddle and autoharp.
Tyler and Sam’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads & flatfoot dancing.
In 2015, Tyler and Sam performed on West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, Lexington, Kentucky’s Red Barn Radio, broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television, and at many other venues throughout the Appalachian region.
About Joy Blair
Joy Blair is a singer/songwriter from East Tennessee deeply inspired by country music and the Appalachian Mountain region she calls home. Her honest and uniquely crafted lyrics weave rural imagery with themes of love, family, loss, and life in emotive and compelling songwriting.
As a student of East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program, she performed with Old Time and Bluegrass bands at The Down Home, in Johnson City, Tennessee, The Paramount Theatre in Bristol, Tennessee, The Pickin’ Porch in Bristol, TN/VA, and other venues from Johnson City to Atlanta, Georgia.
Since graduating from ETSU in May 2014, Joy has delved even deeper into songwriting and roots music. She has performed at the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA with The Palace Pickers, at The Down Home in Johnson City, TN with Kalia Yeagle and Greg Fields, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.